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‘Enough is enough’: Meet the women trying to break into PNG’s all male Parliament House

It was great to get back on the road reporting in July, and even better to be in Papua New Guinea after three years absence. Nearly 10 years ago, I wrote a long reportage piece for Griffith Review on the push for female representation, and the formidable obstacles female candidates face. Then, there were three women in the parliament, but for the past five years there were none. I timed this latest trip to coincide with the PNG National Elections, and spend time with some of the leading women candidates – amazing women who deserve a seat. Whether they will get one is still in the balance as I write. The story was published online by The Guardian, and also as a full page feature in the UK print edition. Read it here.